Last weekend we were lucky enough to be passing through Louisiana during an awesome free BBQ Festival – the Hammond Smokin’ BBQ Challenge. With 60+ local teams competing, this has been the largest BBQ event in Louisiana for the last 12 years. In addition to the professional judging through the Kansas City Barbecue Society that draws contestants from across 8 states, there are lots of other fun events like the Chicken Little contest for junior BBQers and the Tip 2 Taste backyard boogie. For a few bucks, you get to try professional and amateur BBQers handywork and while the challenger with the most tips wins, all the money raised goes to local charities so it’s a win-win. Though we really felt like the winners here, having an opportunity to try out tons of local dishes for a low price and participating in a local community event in small town Louisiana! I always recommend trying to find local festivals in the areas where you are traveling — it can really enhance your understanding of the area, help you connect with locals, and most importantly, they are usually really fun!
You can check out more photos and info about the event on the Hammond BBQ Challenge Facebook page.